Ashok Selvam | Eater | June 27th, 2017

Will an oyster bar succeed in Humboldt Park where Bar Marta struggled? The owners of Heritage Restaurant & Caviar Bar hope so, as they’ve taken over Bar Marta’s former space at 2700 N. Chicago Ave. and hope to open in early August, according to a rep. They’re billing it as Chicago’s first and only caviar bar.

Chef Guy Meikle (Nana Organic in Bridgeport) and team will serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And in a great comeback story, beverage director Jan Henrichsen (Fat Rice) will create the cocktails. Henrichsen left Fat Rice after a cancer diagnosis. She endured surgeries and radiation therapy which put her “out of commission” for a year. She’s since recovered, and took some low-level consulting gigs.

“I’m clean and clear,” Henrichsen said. “I’m so grateful to the hospitality industry and all the cheffy and server friends that helped out. It really made me feel like it’s a real community.”

Henrichsen has known Meikle since the two worked at Bin 36 Wine Bar in River North and Bin Wine Cafe in Wicker Park and they’ve slowly developed their idea for Heritage. It will be a restaurant that celebrates Eastern European food, a cuisine “that sometimes gets stepped on,” Henrichsen said. While caviar may sound expensive, Henrichsen points to Ukrainian Village grocers that stock the stuff: “It’s not necessarily all fancy,” she said. Heritage intends to serve caviar from a variety of price points.